Made In Paisley

Made In Paisley

2000 oil on canvas 60 x 80 inches

A meretricious residuum of conflict still clings to the cypress along the bank of the monsoon swollen tributary. A remembrance of a tatterdemalion disguised as a Sita in a wrapping of Kashmir wool results in Made in Paisley. The peregrination makes a severe psychological detour from the Indian epic chronicling. Rama's spiritual voyage from Man to God called the Ramayana. Armed with only the ineffectual protection of a souvenir letter opener culled from the gift shop of the Freud Museum in Hampstead, written vagaries, half-truths and lies by omission are decrypted under Sig's insightful gaze. It seems that this Hindu Hoyden has woven from the elements a tapestry of deceit preying on our wanderer's weakness for all things foreign. By charming her prey with the powers of her cultural antiquity, she abruptly abandons her lobotomized victim. Weakly hiding behind a lover's disguise, our guide disentraps himself of any preconceived logic and plummets into a pit of obsolescence. In the light of hindsight, he claws his way back to solemnize his own personal Diwali. The tragedienne in this cultural conflict is the eldest of three daughters who bore the brunt of the transition from Calcutta to London. After years of Queen's English and piano lessons, she is suddenly thrust into a pre-arranged marriage in a small village in India. Vociferously reneging her father's contract, she repeats her endless cycle of conflict by mortgaging her emotional trauma against her father's ghat of guilt. The father is caught between the polemic wants of his cultural heritage and the damaged daughter's endless global retribution for what she perceives was done to her by males. What remains are the William Morris wallpaper and fabric designs that permeate everything English coupled with a rumination in a small Scottish town called Paisley that pioneered the manufacture of Kashmir wool shawls featuring a teardrop shaped plant motif derived from the Persian cypress we know today as Paisley.

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